Your dog’s tail is an extraordinary communication tool. Together with posture, it is the primary means by which they signal their state of mind. Here are 5 significant examples.
- Tail hanging and relaxed: the dog is quiet, at ease, available for interaction.
- Tail steady and horizontal: the animal is alert and anxious.
- Low tail or between legs: the dog feels uncomfortable, afraid or feeling abandoned.
- Vertical tail: the dog asserts its authority over a situation, communicating dominance.
- Tail wagging: if the movements are wide, usually this is an expression of positive excitement (joy, enthusiasm); if the movements have a narrow radius, it may signal agitation.
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